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As I approach 40

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This poem starts appealing to me more each day.

When I Am an Old Woman

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and a pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

By Jenny Joseph, Trenton NJ
post #2 of 5
Years ago for my MIL's birthday I bought her that book plus I think there was another companion book too!!
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My mother has the poem framed......unless it's in one of the boxes in my storage room
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I love that poem... my mother is the image of that woman. I am so proud to be her daughter!
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I'm gonna have to join the Red Hat Society someday - it's just too cool!

I'm gonna be 40 in February.
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